Uta Eisenreich | A Play
An exhibition by Uta Eisenreich in collaboration with Eva Meyer-Keller and James Langdon
Opening: Saturday 26 March 5 – 7 pm
Uta Eisenreich and Eva Meyer-Keller have their respective ways to play with consumer products in their work. As a visual artist Eisenreich uses generic household goods and products to arrange enigmatic still lives, that are nonsenisical or multisensical often playing on semiotics, systems and word puzzles. In turn Eva Meyer Keller as a performance maker is playing with products to abstractly represent the unspeakable: murders, catastrophes and other mayhem.
The new body of work departs from Gertrude Stein’s modernist text Objects Lie on a Table from 1922, which oozes a kindred spirit. As an attempt to make a play on the subject of a still life, objects keep transcending their humble, recognizable forms to shift in and out of characters and situations. Evoking the methods of her cubist circle, the text breaks language and viewpoint apart to form new compositions, bridging the space between the visual, the musical and the verbal.
The exhibition A Play at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS chooses to bring this textual adventure into the concentrated space of a white cube, in form of a mural conceived in collaboration with graphic designer James Langdon. Unlike the experience of the stage piece -where elements appear in a timeline – the exhibition offers an excess of elements: signs, fragments, props and research material for the viewer to assemble and construct meaning from. A pocket book related to this project is in the making and will be published by Roma publications in April.
At the opening, artist and musician Katrin Hahner will improvise an aleatory sound collage using fragments of the mural as a score. During the exhibition the stage piece ‘Things on a Table’ will be shown twice in full length in Het Veem house for performance. A work in progress presentation of this piece was shown at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS last year in the performance program. From the press text of ‘Things on a Table’:
‘On a table ordinary everyday objects, paper, milk, ink, an apple, a glass of water, are manipulated into a series of assemblages, cajoled into compositional exactitude, lit and framed by a camera connected to a projector. In front of the audience and the unblinking camera, dreamlike tableaux emerge, the associations of everyday objects start to coalesce questions about art history and the bourgeois obsession with object possession and arrangement.’
Exhibition | A Play
Exhibition: 26 March – 14 May 2016
Opening: 26 March 2016: 5 – 7 pm
Opening performance aleatory sound collage featuring Katrin Hahner. Starts at 5.30 pm.
Performance | Things on a Table
Stage version by Uta Eisenreich and Eva Meyer-Keller with Katrin Hahner (95 mins)
Het Veem, Saturday April 16, 8:30 pm
Het Veem, Sunday April 17, 4 pm
Pauline Curnier Jardin – The Shower of Sister Bondage
Sister Bondage is this sister who spend her days crossing the streets, big and small streets
At the periphery of any big city
With her fist raised high, and her white nun veil, and her glasses on.
Her fist is heavy, her fist is crude, it’s bones, shells and little colourfull metalic shitty links that cling, silencious – it is a spell, cast yeah, a spell on her arm – a spell, why and whom, we don’t know.
She wants to heal them all, people
She wants revolution, with her bony fist raised so high in the streets when she walks, but instead they all get a hard-on – that’s how it is and how it happens.
This morning she takes a shower and sings:
A still – Volcano – Life –
That flickered in the night –
When it was dark enough to do
Without erasing sight
– Adorable sorceress,
do you love the damned?
Tell it, fair sorceress, O! tell it, if you know,
To this spirit filled with anguish,
So like a dying man crushed beneath the wounded
Who is struck by the horses’ shoes;
Tell it, fair sorceress, O! tell it, if you know
– Two warriors rushed upon each other;
their arms Spattered the air
A pit – but Heaven over it
And Heaven beside
And Heaven abroad
Twas Universe – that did applaud –
Myself distinguished God
– This abyss, it is hell, thronged with our friends!
Let us roll there without remorse
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Opening: Saturday 2 April 2016, 5 – 7 PM
Exhibition: 2 April – 25 June 2016
Curator: Dorothé Orczyk
Performance practices in a gallery context
Image: Kerstin Cmelka (with Nicolas Coster),”Song and Dance Exercise (cowboy shots)”, 2015, photo series, courtesy: Kerstin Cmelka
Performance receives increasingly (renewed) attention from museums and art institutions, the all year round show by Tino Seghal at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as an obvious example.
For some years also art fairs are embedding performance programmes as a substantial part of their fair concept. One could think of Artissima, Frieze, FIAC and Art Basel. The latter hosted in 2014 the show 14 Rooms curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, featuring 14 ongoing performances by Bruce Nauman, Allora & Calzadilla, Laura Lima, Joan Jonas, Marina Abramovic and Ed Atkins amongst others.
Performance moved from a black box to a white cube. The one time event became an ongoing exhibition or permanent installation, as Claire Bishop recently pointed out in her lecture White Cube, Black Box: Fifty shades of Grey? at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The discussion on how to collect, document and archive performance is currently a hot topic among (collecting) institutions. While contemporary performance artists are still not much represented by galleries, it’s not only the question on how to deal with the actual performance in case of selling, but also to think of what the performance consists of and how the artist relates to its performance. It also raises questions regarding the possible documentation; is it considered a separate work which functions on its own, a supportive part of the performance or mere documentation?
The two previous editions of the performance programme organised at Dolores focused on offering artists a platform for performance within a gallery context. Within this programme artists from different backgrounds where invited to present their work or to experiment or improvise with it. Next to offering a platform, the performance programme in a gallery context was part of the empowerment of this specific discipline within this context.
The third edition of the performance programme will focus on how a performance remains after it has been performed. This small presentation deals with the different forms of performance residues and ways of documenting. Artists included in this show are Kerstin Cmelka, Dina Danish, Jeremiah Day, Dora Garcia and Zhana Ivanova.
In addition to the gallery presentation, a small series of “in gallery conversations” will be organised. The conversations will focus on the practices of performance in a gallery context. Invited artists and gallerists will talk about the challenges of working with performances from the views of both professions.
Please visit the gallery website and Facebook to stay updated on the programme.
Performance practices in a gallery context
Opening: Saturday 6 February 2016, 5–7 PM
Exhibition: 6 February – 19 March 2016
Curator: Dorothé Orczyk